White Rhinoceros

The Problem

White rhinos, scientific name Ceratotherium simum, have seen a dramatic decrease in population through uncontrolled hunting, poaching, aggression towards same species, etc. These reasons have landed this species on the Endangered Species List. The horn of the White Rhino is the most sought after component.
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The White Rhinoceros can reach lengths of 11 feet to 13.5 feet. This species weight range is 3,100 lbs- 8000 lbs. The White Rhinoceros is the only "strict grazer" species of rhino. The main diet of this species is plants and grass. The horns of this species can reach lengths of up to 5 feet. There is a total population of over 20,000 white rhinos left in the world, with 11,000 being in the wild. The Northern White Rhino is severely endangered, with only 4 left in the entire world.


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Why is this species important?

White Rhinos are considered to be an "umbrella species". Efforts to conserve these animals have helped the numbers of other species. Also, humans are to blame for the reason why these animals are endangered. The WWF is supporting the white rhino and aggressively pushing to protect this species, and its habitat.